Ever since breaking out of Monaco’s first team as a 18-year old football sensation, Kylian Mbappe has been ‘crowned’ heir apparent to the Ballon d’or crown.
In his breakout season, against all odds, he helped Monaco reach the Champions League Semi Final against more fancied European sides whilst also helping Monaco win the French Ligue 1 in the 2016/2017 Season.
Mbappé ended the 2016–17 season with 26 goals from 44 matches, excellent return for a teenager.
Mbappe has since gone to PSG. He has won the French League, Coupe De France and Coupe De La ligue with PSG, forming a deadly attacking trio alongside Cavani and Neymar.
Mbappe has already been an instant success with France, winning the 2018 World Cup in Russia, scoring four goals for his country in Russia and getting named as the tournament’s best Young player.
What does it take to win the Ballon d’or?
THE BEST PLAYERS ARE MADE IN THE SPANISH LEAGUE.
For the last 11 years running, the winner of the best player in the World award has come from the Spanish League, with Ronaldo and Messi winning 5 times apiece and Modric winning the other.
To win the Ballon d’or, one must be plying one’s trade in a League like the Spanish La liga.
Playing in the French League 1 is a big disadvantage to Mbappe’s Ballon d’or hopes.
While winning the Ballon d’or, Ronaldo and Messi played against teams like Sevilla, Valencia, Barcelona/Real Madrid, Aletico Madrid.
Put that side by side the quality of teams in the French League. Monaco, Marseille, Angers, Nice, Lyon? BROAD DAYLIGHT DIFFERENCES.
Club’s pedigree in Europe.
Champions League football is the most prestigious club football that pitches only the best of the best teams from Europe.
Again, playing for PSG is a big disadvantage for Mbappe’s Ballon d’or hopes.
What is PSG’s pedigree in Europe in the last decade?
Put that side by side that of Sevilla that won the Europa League three times on the bounce, or side by side Atletico Madrid that have won the Europa League twice in the last decade and have also been to the Champions League final twice in that timeframe.
PSG side by side Real Madrid or Barcelona in European football competition is a mis match.
How does one get named the best player in the World playing for a team that does not have pedigree in Europe?
Going forward for Mbappe, a move to Real Madrid or Barcelona represents the proper upgrade that his career needs.
When selecting best players in the World, judging Mbappe would be based on his Champions League performances.
With all due respect, the French Ligue one is not it. There is a huge gap between PSG and others.
The lack of competition in the French Ligue one reflects in PSG’s performances in Europe and it explains why semi final appearance in Europe’s Premier Competition has eluded the French giants.
The French League is also not as ‘marketable’ as the Spanish League. Football headlines are made in Spain and England.
The best player in the World must play in a marketable League.
Financial power also counts. PSG bullies every other team in France in terms of Financial power. Monaco have not been able to hold on to their best players, losing their most prized asset Mbappe to PSG while Fabinho, Bernardo Silva, Bakayoko have all left the all conquering Monaco side of 2016/2017 Season.
Where is Monaco now in the French League?
It is audible to the deaf and visible to the blind that football’s most sensational youngstar, Mbappe, needs a move to Spain, which would serve as a stepping stone for the Ballon d’or throne.